cytochrome oxidase

noun

Definition of cytochrome oxidase

: an iron-porphyrin enzyme important in cellular respiration due to its ability to catalyze the oxidation of reduced cytochrome c in the presence of oxygen

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Recent Examples on the Web The mitochondria needs a specific enzyme called cytochrome oxidase to make this possible. Meg Neal, Popular Mechanics, "Nature's Toxic Gifts: The Deadly Story of Poison," 4 Oct. 2020 In practice, this has meant focusing on the cytochrome oxidase I gene, which has been found to be dissimilar-enough across fish species that it can be used to distinguish one species from another. Chase Purdy, Quartz, "The swordfish you’re eating might actually be shark," 5 Nov. 2019

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1942, in the meaning defined above

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“Cytochrome oxidase.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cytochrome%20oxidase. Accessed 25 Oct. 2020.

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cytochrome oxidase

noun

Medical Definition of cytochrome oxidase

: an iron-porphyrin enzyme important in cellular respiration because of its ability to catalyze the oxidation of reduced cytochrome c in the presence of oxygen

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